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					                    20-A §1486. BUDGET VALIDATION REFERENDUM
20-A §1486. BUDGET VALIDATION REFERENDUM
     After January 31, 2008, the procedure for approval of the annual budget of a regional school unit must be
in accordance with this section and section 1485. [2007, c. 240, Pt. XXXX, §13 (NEW).]

     1. Budget validation. Following development of the annual regional school unit budget and approval at
a regional school unit budget meeting as provided in section 1485, a referendum must be held in the regional
school unit as provided in this section to allow the voters to validate or reject the total budget adopted at the
regional school unit budget meeting.
Every 3 years, the voters in a regional school unit shall consider continued use of the budget validation
referendum process. The warrant at the budget validation referendum in the 3rd year following adoption
or continuation of the referendum process must include an article by which the voters of the school
administrative district may indicate whether they wish to continue the process for another 3 years. A vote to
continue retains the process for 3 additional years. A vote to discontinue the process ends its use beginning
with the following budget year and prohibits its reconsideration for at least 3 years.

[ 2007, c. 240, Pt. XXXX, §13 (NEW) .]

     2. Validation referendum procedures. The budget validation referendum must be held on or before the
14th calendar day following the scheduled date of the regional school unit budget meeting. The referendum
may not be held on a Sunday or legal holiday. The vote at referendum is for the purpose of approving or
rejecting the total regional school unit budget approved at the regional school unit budget meeting. The
regional school unit board shall provide printed information to be displayed at polling places to assist voters
in voting. That information is limited to the total amounts proposed by the regional school unit board for each
cost center summary budget category article, the amount approved at the regional school unit budget meeting,
a summary of the total authorized expenditures and, if applicable because of action on an article under section
15690, subsection 3, paragraph A, a statement that the amount approved at the regional school unit budget
meeting includes locally raised funds that exceed the maximum state and local spending target pursuant to
section 15671-A, subsection 5.

[ 2009, c. 98, §1 (AMD) .]

     3. Budget validation referendum voting. The method of calling and voting at a budget validation
referendum is as provided in sections 1503 and 1504, except as otherwise provided in this subsection or as is
inconsistent with other requirements of this section.
     A. A public hearing is not required before the vote. [2007, c. 240, Pt. XXXX, §13
     (NEW).]
     B. [2007, c. 668, §20 (RP).]
     C. The warrant and absentee ballots must be delivered to the municipal clerk no later than the day after
     the date of the regional school unit budget meeting. [2007, c. 668, §20 (AMD).]
     D. Absentee ballots received by the municipal clerk may not be processed or counted unless received on
     the day after the conclusion of the regional school unit budget meeting and before the close of the polls.
     [2007, c. 668, §20 (AMD).]
     E. All envelopes containing absentee ballots received before the day after the conclusion of the regional
     school unit budget meeting or after the close of the polls must be marked "rejected" by the municipal
     clerk. [2007, c. 668, §20 (AMD).]
     F. The article to be voted on must be in the following form:
          (1) "Do you favor approving the (name of regional school unit) budget for the upcoming school
          year that was adopted at the latest (name of regional school unit) budget meeting?



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                                                                 Yes No"
          [2009, c. 415, Pt. B, §7 (RPR).]
      G. [2009, c. 415, Pt. B, §8 (RP).]

[ 2009, c. 415, Pt. B, §§7, 8 (AMD) .]

      4. Failure to approve budget. If the voters do not validate the budget approved in the regional school
unit budget meeting at the budget validation referendum vote, the regional school unit board shall hold
another regional school unit budget meeting in accordance with this section and section 1485 at least 10 days
after the referendum to vote on a budget approved by the regional school unit board. The budget approved
at the regional school unit budget meeting must be submitted to the voters for validation at referendum in
accordance with this section. The process must be repeated until a budget is approved at a regional school unit
budget meeting and validated at referendum. If a budget is not approved and validated before July 1st of each
year, section 1487 applies.

[ 2007, c. 240, Pt. XXXX, §13 (NEW) .]

SECTION HISTORY
2007, c. 240, Pt. XXXX, §13 (NEW). 2007, c. 668, §§19, 20 (AMD). 2007,
c. 695, Pt. G, §§1, 2 (AMD). 2009, c. 98, §1 (AMD). 2009, c. 415, Pt.
B, §§7, 8 (AMD).

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